None of us like to waste money, and no one wants to feel uncomfortable in their own home. Keeping your home’s energy at peak performance can occasionally result in updates on your current system. Replacement windows and doors play a big role in the energy efficiency of a home, and one of the ways to check if they are doing their job is through a home energy audit. These audits help identify where your house is losing energy and steps you can take to help save on costs—according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save anywhere from 5–30 percent on your energy bill by making upgrades from a home energy audit.
But how do you know if you are in need of one of these assessments? Ask yourself if you’ve noticed any of the following issues in your home:
- Drafty rooms
- Dry indoor air during colder months
- Walls and joints on the exterior of the home that do not have a tight fit
- Insulation that is falling down
- An increase in energy expenses
Several of these items can be caused by unwanted airflow into your home through cracks, openings or other hidden passageways. By having your home go through an energy audit, you can reduce heat loss in the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
Another big factor in the energy efficiency of your home is its age. The older that your home is, the older your insulation is, causing irregularities in your heating and cooling. It is typical for older homes to have single-pane windows, as well, while double- and triple-pane windows provide more efficiency.
Having a certified energy auditor examine your home will identify the root of the problem and offer tips on how to improve energy efficiency. The next step after giving your home an energy audit is to call our experts at Pella Windows and Doors in South Burlington to fix or install your replacement windows and replacement doors.
In the end, taking the time to make a few improvements to your house could end up lowering your monthly utility costs. Completing these updates to your home after a home energy audit can keep you more comfortable and save you money. If you have any questions or know that your replacement windows and doors might need some fixes right away, give our experts a call at (802) 557-0429 or schedule a consultation with us online. You can always stop by our South Burlington showroom to speak directly to a Pella Greenfield professional and look at your money-saving options.